Press summary 30 January

23 January

 

Sussex MPs discuss STPs (local)

Bexhill-on-sea Observer

http://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/health/mps-discuss-nhs-plan-with-leaders-1-7783756

 

Defend NHS march brings Brighton to standstill (local)

Midhurst and Petworth Observer. Sussex Defend the NHS widely quoted.

http://www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/news/health/defend-the-nhs-march-brings-brighton-to-a-standstill-1-7785039

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24 January

 

NHS Pathology labs ripe for privatisation and cuts

The consequences to quality of diagnosis, treatment and infection control are made plain. Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2017/jan/23/nhs-pathology-labs-ripe-privatisation-cuts

 

Landmark study exposes privatisation risks

Study on effects of outsourcing hospital cleaning. Open Democracy:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/you-get-what-you-pay-for-landmark-study-exposes-nhs-privatisation-risks

 

Oxfordshire protesters to take fight to Westminster (local)

Excellent pre-publicity from alliance of campaigners in Banbury area. Widely quoted.

The Herald: http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/15043499.Health_campaigners_from_across_county_to_take_their_fight_to_Westminster/

 

Political choices underlyng US and UK healthcare

Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/24/nhs-us-healthcare-austerity-politics-obamacare

 

25 January

 

KONP Nottingham express fears over STP (local)

Nottingham Post. KONP Nottingham is subject of the story. Includes quotes. Well done Nottingham

http://www.nottinghampost.com/campaigners-express-fears-over-proposed-health-service-changes/story-30087071-detail/story.html

 

27 January

 

Ambulance service getting worse

National Audit Office Report. Affecting other services, of course. Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-ambulance-services-national-audit-office-jeremy-hunt-crisis-a7546211.html

 

Is the health service really facing a humanitarian crisis?

Warning against exaggeration. Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/jan/25/is-the-nhs-really-facing-a-humanitarian-crisis

 

Thousands to stage torchlit protest over cuts (local)

Manchester Evening News

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/nhs-education-care-cuts-protest-12503022

 

Immigrant patient data to be handed to Home Office

Independent. Widely reported elsewhere since. Putting illegal immigration into the same ethical category as murder and other violent offences. So the ethical principles regarded as appropriate for healthcare and justifying this are…what, exactly? Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-patient-data-home-office-immigration-crackdown-illegal-diane-abbott-information-records-a7544591.html

Guardian editorial: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/27/the-nhs-should-protect-patient-confidentiality

 

NHS on brink of collapse says Leeds councillor (local)

Yorkshire Evening Post. Just saying it the way it is!

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/nhs-is-on-brink-of-collapse-leeds-councillor-tells-of-crisis-engulfing-service-1-8349971

 

Southend protests over A&E downgrade (local)

Alliance of campaign groups’ successful protest, including KONP. Well done KONP Southend.

Enquirer: http://www.theenquirer.co.uk/protests-in-southend-as-ae-downgrade-plan-given-clinical-backing/

 

May hints at NHS being part of US trade deal

Later retracted by Downing Street, and objected to by Jeremy Corbyn (the latter nowhere near as widely reported). Independent and elsewhere:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-donald-trump-nhs-us-trade-deal-brexit-torture-a7548156.html

 

Surgeons furious over CCG plans to axe knee and hop operations

CCG Worcs announced this latest cuts to service and it has been widely condemned. The criterion was to be if patients could not sleep because of the pain.

Mirror and elsewhere: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/surgeons-furious-nhs-cost-cutting-9700068

Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/26/royal-college-surgeons-slam-plans-hip-knee-replacements-ccgs

 

Don’t let GPs charge for procedures no longer ‘allowed’ on the NHS

Caution against the slippery slope this would represent. Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/26/nhs-free-gp-doctor-surgery-treatment

 

28 January

 

Protesters stage mock ‘die in’ outside Manchester Royal Infirmary (local)

Good quotes and pics too. Salford Star:

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=3680

 

NHS spending per person will be cut next year

Ministers have confirmed what has widely been suspected. Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-cuts-spending-policies-theresa-may-jeremy-hunt-tories-labour-lib-dems-a7549686.html

 

Record numbers of patients having operations cut

From the Mail, of all places! But no ‘Government ministers cause cancer’ headline, unfortunately…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4166552/Record-number-NHS-patients-operations-cancelled.html

 

29 January

 

Intensive care ‘at limit’ because of staff shortages

Observer:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/29/nhs-intensive-care-at-its-limits-because-of-staff-shortages

 

Regular enquiries from journalists continue. Recent ones include the Morning Star and Channel 4 News. Alan Taman was the studio guest at a 2 hour programme on the NHS for Voice of Islam radio. The programme triggered a lot of interest on air and on social media.

Several branches are sending in press releases – thank you. We need more! Local successes are at least matching national ‘presence’, which is to be expected – but it helps to know of any successes, or even unsuccessful attempts. Please send to Alan Taman: healthjournos@gmail.com

This service is provided as a guide to the main stories, but you can get alerts sent about health stories yourself every day. This is done through Google news and Google alerts: free services anyone can set up. To find out how to do this, go to the Steering Group, News & Events section on the KONP website (https://keepournhspublic.com/support-konp/steering-group-page/news-events/ ) and look for the “starter set of instructions”.

Mobile devices also have free apps that provide news, which you can filter with varying degrees of control.

 

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